“"It Seems That More Time Was Spent Thinking Of One Liners, Than Developing An Interesting Plot."”
“It Introduces Us To A Story Against Nazism.”
“Long Live Sacred Germany!”
“Bryan Singers Best Since The Usual Suspects. ”
“Constant Tension & Suspense Throughout This Daring True Story About The Second Most Noble Thing Ever Done By Nazis To Defy The Third Reich In WWII.”
“A New Glimpse At An Old War....”
“Let's Kill Hitler”
“Great Job, Tom Cruise!”
“LONG LIVE SECRET GERMANY!!!!!!”
“You Know How It Ends But You Don't Care.”
“Valkyrie" Is A Great World War II Film Even If You Know What The Outcome Will Be.”
“"Tom's Big Comeback."”
“SPOILER: Hitler Lives!”
“WHAT GOOD MOVIES SHOULD LOOK LIKE!”
“Stauffenberg: The Fuhrer Is Dead, Hitler Is Dead, Begin Valkyrie...”
“Not To Be Confused With Norse Mythology, Bryan Singer Gives Us 'Valkyrie,' Which Should Redeem Both He And Tom Cruise To Some, And Wow Others For The Umpteenth Time”
“I Am Involved In High Treason With All Means Available To Me. Can I Count You In?”
“Overall, "Valkyrie" Is As A Dynamic Suspense Thriller That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat All The Way Through, And Even Have You Wondering How The Film Will End.”
“"Hitler Is A Fag."”
“One Of The Best High Tension Thrillers I Have Ever Seen.”
“A Well Paced, Intriguing History Lesson For All.”
“Operation Valkyrie Is In Effect!”
“I Could Complain About The Odd Job Casting Here, But How Could I When Singer Has Done Such A Wonderful Job Of Directing And Telling A Solid Story?”
“This May Not Put Tom Cruise Back On "Top" But He's Certainly Heading In The Right Direction.”
Valkyrie, as field-commanded by director Bryan Singer, succeeds on its own terms as a handsome hybrid of conspiracy thriller and history lesson, of Mission: Impossible and The Day of the Jackal.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Valkyrie transforms World War II into a boy's adventure.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Director Bryan Singer has put together a fairly workable, old-fashioned second world war movie.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Valkyrie is a World War II thriller without enough thrills.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Valkyrie is a brutally efficient bit of storytelling, and it makes no unforced errors.
Philip Kennicott - Washington Post
With just the slightest tilt toward black comedy, Valkyrie could have been the Dilbert of Nazi movies.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Valkyrie feels like another installment in the never-ending franchise -- not just the action-movie one, but the Tom Cruise one. Like the operation itself, it's a good idea -- just not well-executed.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
Valkyrie is like having to watch someone build a bomb and then never getting to see it explode.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Mr. Cruise's performance turns out to be brisk and reasonably plausible, though unexceptional, while the production as a whole succeeds as an elaborate procedural, impressively staged in historical locations.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Singer keeps the conspiracy racing to its fated conclusion.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
What if this lesser-known chapter of German resistance had been more deeply captured? What if the moral conflicts running through this movie about love of country and revolt said more about Germany, war and, yes, genocide?
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Valkyrie doesn't whip you up like that Jewish vigilante avenger picture Defiance, but in this season of throat-grabbing Holocaust movies, its gentlemanliness is most welcome.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The problem is not that we know the outcome. The problem is the buildup.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
A meticulous thriller based on a large-scale conspiracy within the German army to assassinate Hitler.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Judging by Mark Twain's comment about the music of Richard Wagner (better than it sounds), if Twain were around to see Valkyrie he'd likely say it's better than it seems.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
As a suspense movie, this works pretty well.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The film isn't half bad. It's certainly not the unwitting laugh riot that many (me included) expected.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Singer has a masterful touch with composition, creating tension simply by the way he places his actors around a room. And even though we know how it turned out, the assassination plot remains a gripping tale.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's a crafty action flick with a pristine cast that works, ever so briefly, as a wish-fulfillment fantasy.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Director Bryan Singer keeps the pace fast, and although we know the ultimate outcome, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of what-if thinking.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Bryan Singer's long-awaited account of the near-miss assassination of Adolf Hitler by a ring of rebel German army officers on July 20, 1944, has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Valkyrie is a taut suspense flick for grown-ups that asks: What if ruthless German efficiency had been used against Hitler?
Kyle Smith - New York Post
In Cruise's hands, von Stauffenberg comes off as a very human window into this history and this engrossing and involving movie.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Like the coup whose story it tells, Valkyrie is a near miss, failing to sweep us along for what should have been a dramatic ride.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
It rarely rises to the level of entertainment you expect from a wartime thriller -- there's something rote and foregone about the whole affair.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
It may be the same old partners but it's a better dance -- here, at least, history leads and Hollywood follows.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
For a thriller with a thoroughly foreordained outcome, Valkyrie does a pretty good job at making the viewer's palms sweat.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Bryan Singer has capably crafted this war thriller in such a way that one occasionally forgets the foregone conclusion and becomes wrapped up in the excitement of the moment.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A coolly efficient, entertaining and straightforward tale about the last of 15 known assassination attempts against Adolf Hitler.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
[Cruise is] distractingly bad in this, the iconography of his celebrity so strongly overshadowing his performance. He's just too powerfully contemporary.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
It is a well-made film that raises timeless questions about the demands of military duty when they are placed in conflict with higher principles.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Tom Cruise starring in the fact-based story of a plot to kill Hitler by Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg sounds like Oscar bait. It isn't. And the sooner you accept it, the more fun you'll have at this satisfying B movie.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Valkyrie is made with impeccable professionalism and, flying in the face of years of Internet hysteria, is a perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accomplishments may be inherent in the story itself.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
While capable of generating suspense and tension, Valkyrie is sadly less than the sum of its parts.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
Valkyrie isn't a classic war movie by any means, but is it the total laughing stock many feared? Nein.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
If there's one thing Cruise knows how to portray, it's robotic single-mindedness.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Counterbalancing the energy vacuum that is Cruise is the good news that this is also a Bryan Singer movie.
Dave White - Movies.com
Cruise, Singer, lose the credibility battle.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
El Caso de Valquiria como cinta es muy interesante pues a pesar de que todos sabemos el desenlace, la realizacion logra mantenernos pegados a la butaca pidiendo de forma imposible que el complot funcione y dejandonos al final con un monton de "Y si%u2026"
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
the action is traded for suspense in the movie, which is when things really click
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Singer can only touch on the surface of each development. It would help if we could see the failure reflected in von Stauffenberg's one good eye, but Cruise, alas, can offer little help. He's just Tom Cruise in an eyepatch.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Maintaining tension in the face of a foregone conclusion is no mean trick, but Mr. Singer and company do as well as anyone could hope.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
It's never a pretty sight when a limited performer tries to "stretch" by way of cosmetics
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
[Cruise] looks about as German as Jackie Chan would in a lederhosen.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
It's the perfect film for our age of reassessment and ambiguity.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Earnest and understated movie about the General's plot against Hitler. Despite Cruise's reputation for derring-do characters, this is a very human German colonel that he plays.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
[A] pleasing throwback to 1970s war-intrigue pictures. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
...finally can't help but come off as something of a minor disappointment...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The movie proceeds to show how everything, little by little, falls out of place -- not the most thrilling of events to cover, but interesting all the same.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
[Cruise] brings a gung-ho excitement and energy that's generally missing from war movies today (they're more concerned with being stern and glum and anti-war).
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
An interminable costume drama strictly for Tom Cruise fans and for World War II buffs.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
The movie looks good and seems to hit all the right notes, yet never quite connects or resonates like it should.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
A thrilling political war movie that sees Tom Cruise and a stellar British cast of high-ranking German officers plot to assassinate Hitler and end the war before the Germany they love is destroyed.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
A well-wrought thriller about one group's attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Este "revisionismo" historico pode ser bastante prejudicial e mesmo perigoso ao se tornar um primeiro passo para algo muito mais grave e que deve ser combatido com todas as forcas: a negacao do Holocausto.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The tension that builds throughout Valkyrie is palpable and the plot is incredibly compelling.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
A historically respectful, morally careful film.
Dylan Rainforth - The Age (Australia)
With a more intelligent and taut screenplay, Valkyrie could have been much more riveting rather than merely be sporadically thrilling, mostly bland and, ultimately, underwhelming.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
When he is at the top of his game, as he is here, Cruise's charisma is blinding.
Eddie Cockrell - Sydney Morning Herald
The subject demands to be made as a documentary or in a form more imaginative than a linear narrative.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Valkyrie isn't a great war movie, but within its own limited ambitions, it is enjoyable and never dull.
Cosmo Landesman - Sunday Times (UK)
Although the casting of Cruise takes some getting used to, the film makes ample use of a strong supporting cast and a tightly knit story to maintain suspense.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Valkyrie it's a good film with more than enough there to keep your attention and for you to have come away feeling satisfied and informed.
Simon Thompson - Heart 106.2
The end result, however, is a skewed picture that manages to promote Hollywood-style derring-do and make fascism look more stylish and profound than it has done in years.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
I was never bored, and the period detail is lovingly observed; but there is a sense of an opportunity missed.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It is no classic but it is stylish, absorbing and wonderfully put together.
Mark Adams - Daily Mirror [UK]
Valkyrie's technique is admirable but it misses the mark emotionally.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4
Valkyrie is no action extravaganza. Yet despite having a rich seam of moral ambiguity to mine, the characterisation is no deeper than in Singer's X-Men.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
There's a whiff of pointlessness hanging over this whole affair. The fact that Valkyrie is not the thriller the trailer promises is treason against the talent.
Chris Hicks - Total Film
Bryan Singer's long-in-production war thriller is well acted and occasionally thrilling, but it ultimately suffers from Apollo 13 Syndrome and a few directorial flourishes aren't enough to lift it into greatness.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It feels no more authentic than Stauffenberg's glass eyeball.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Valkyrie seems more like history by Nintendo: a slickly devised exercise in action drama whose entire research and development budget went into the external details of the plot, leaving none for the inner realism of its participants.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A slick, starry thriller that entertains for the full two-hour running time without threatening to do much more than that.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Another astonishing true story gets the Hollywood treatment and ends up being rather flattened in the process
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
In the end, despite him playing someone with a missing eye, it's a vanity project for Cruise - a heavyweight historical drama to put him back on the map, but one that only sees him more lost.
Stuart McGurk - thelondonpaper
The film survives some dodgy dialogue because of a strong supporting cast.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Singer marshals his camera and soundtrack well as his tense, behind-the-scenes chess game plays out...
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Singer makes a noble and romantic fist of this terrific story but it feels spookily like a well-oiled Hollywood entertainment rather than a sensational chapter of history.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
As old-fashioned historical escapism goes, this is solid, compelling stuff.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
This is no The Day of the Jackal. It's functional. Respectful rather than inspired. It won't damage Cruise's reputation, but it won't enhance it in any degree either.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Expect thrills, not a revolution.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
It does feel more like a throwback to a time when studio films weren't ruthlessly divvied up as prestige pictures or blockbusters.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Valkyrie may not be awards bait but it is a solid, at times gripping, thriller that wrings every ounce of drama out of what is, at heart, a pulsating tale of the courage and idealism of some undone by the cowardice and politics of others.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
A film more concerned with 'how' than 'why' or 'who', Valkyrie would have benefited from more scrutiny and complexity. Still, once the bomb goes off, the thrills come in spades.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
It's a testament to Christopher McQuarrie's cogent, keenly observed script and Singer's tightly controlled direction that the film remains so utterly compelling.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
A well-paced thriller that sheds light on a little-known piece of World War II history.
Vicky Roach - Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Kevin Irwin - Cruise is stomachable and the production is grandly ambitious, but it's the gripping true story that triumphs as the real star.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
X-Men fans may disagree, but this is Singer's best work since The Usual Suspects.
Nick Dent - Time Out Sydney
It highlights a little-known historical event and gives the German Resistance the respect it deserves.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
"Valkyrie" is an anachronistic movie that wants to be less than it should be.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Handsomely mounted but undistinguished...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
I'm baffled by the casting of a bunch of British actors to play German characters %u2026 it's not just a matter of an accent; actors bring their cultural personas with them %u2013 and that's where the trouble lies; they don't fit here
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
On all counts, this is an extraordinary story and the film, although it begins too earnestly and filled with its own importance, develops into a mostly riveting one, especially in its final hour.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
All the Fuhrer's men! What it lacks in native accents and bombast this Hitler-assassination thriller makes up for in suspense-inducing precision and a compelling ensemble led by Tom Cruise.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Ultimately it is redeemed by its palpably clammy sense of foreboding, plus its offering of a valuable history lesson.
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
Tom Cruise's ego-driven "Look at me; aren't I heroic?" performance detracts, but it's just too compelling and the other performances too pitch-perfect for this to ruin things.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Much of Valkyrie works, but not quite enough.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Put away the knives aimed at Cruise and just enjoy the solid work he keeps putting out.
Michael Dance - The Cinema Source
For better or worse, Valkyrie brings to mind that classic line from The Producers' "Springtime for Hitler" musical number: "Don't be stupid; be a smarty. Come and join the Nazi party!"
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Surely there is some middle ground between a history lesson and mindless action-adventure. The people who made Valkyrie not only didn't find that ground; they weren't even looking for it.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
As the film eschews self-importance, it engages more directly and universally, if only in a rudimentary fashion that fails in terms of overall staying power.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
Singer and his collaborators have decided to present what ought to be an exciting story with frankly comic solemnity.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This is chew-your-fingernails country. Anyone who misses it simply because it stars a couch-jumping Scientologist is missing a great film.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
No sincere recounting of the events of July 20, 1944 could be dull, but director Bryan Singer comes dangerously close to succeeding.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The top priority of Bryan Singer's film is not to be a history lesson or character study but to simply be an absorbing adult suspense film.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Overall, I really liked this film, and I hope that people check it out in the admittedly crowded holiday season.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Valkyrie works as a full-dress military drama, fleshing out a historical footnote in vivid detail.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
An awkward mix of plodding history and general adequacy, with occasional flourishes of visual panache that seem to be from some other, more stylish movie.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
As a high-gloss, high-powered, high tech (WW2 era) thriller, with real-life overtones, it's often hell on wheels.
Michael Wilmington - Movie City News
The actors don't interact so much as issue pronouncements, and there's not a hint of levity to distract from the gravity of the situation.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
What the film really has going for it is a good supporting cast. Actors playing von Stauffenberg's fellow conspirators include Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Terence Stamp.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Talk about an impossible mission: Tom Cruise plays a German WWII Colonel with plans to assassinate Hitler in this distractingly anachronistic fact-based tale from Bryan Singer.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It's slickly executed, handsomely acted for the most part and utterly easy to forget.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Valkyrie lacks the coherence to make the unfolding of a hideous foregone conclusion (of course, we know the Hitler-killing will be foiled) lucid or magnetic.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Sure, it's complicated to set up the assassination of a lunatic dictator, but does it have to be so boring?
Jennifer Miller - Premiere Magazine
Knowing the ending robs the film of some of the suspense, but Cruise and company have made a better movie than expected
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Following Hitchcock's 'bomb under the desk' dictum to the bitter end just doesn't work out to anyone's satisfaction here.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander introduces a seemingly endless series of characters, but there's no time to flesh any of them out enough to make you worry about their fate.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The stilted and diffuse result is as dramatically compelling as a planning commission meeting.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A taut, suspenseful WWII thriller. Bryan Singer's exhaustive research pays off by lending this film a stylistic 'period' feel.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Think of Valkyrie as a reasonably entertaining drama about the time Tom Cruise tried to kill Hitler. Do that, and it becomes possible to enjoy the movie.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
You just can't quite enter the world of this film, not in the way that you might have if a more nuanced and less iconic actor had played the central role.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Gets off to a slow start, but it's almost like Valkyrie had a Red Bull mid way through as everything is kicked up a notch
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Will likely not go down as one of Cruise's most rewarding moneymakers, though it may become one of his more memorable contributions to the archives.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Meticulous reconstruction of a real-life plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the last months of World War II, minus tension or pacing.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Valkyrie has all the dramatic oomph of a History Channel re-enactment.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Despite its potential to be a turkey for the ages, Singer's blandly proficient historical thriller is fatally forgettable.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Tom Cruise delivers.
Kurt Loder - MTV
What you miss in both Defiance and Valkyrie is inner conflict. Their protagonists have not an instant of self-doubt. They're figures in historical pageants, not characters in a drama.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Valkyrie is a highly intelligent and deeply engrossing historical drama and, frame for frame, the year's most suspenseful nail-biter.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
There are some powerful moments and [it's] an interesting true story.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Everybody is I think is good in the film, except Tom Cruise.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
A bit shallow but undeniably thrilling.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Actually quite good. This is a nice tense political thriller that sticks fairly closely to history.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Gets off to a slow start, but once it gets going, it's one of the more fascinating thrillers in recent memory, even though everyone who paid attention in history class will know exactly how it turns out.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Stripped of the over the top special effects that have driven Cruise's most successful vehicles Valkyrie doesn't offer much in its place.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Sometimes, conspiracies are more than just theories.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The films in this vein that work are the ones who can make you care, even though you know the struggle is futile.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Valkyrie is an important film for purposes of partial exoneration of the German nation vis-a-vis the Third Reich; nevertheless, it's a bit of a snore.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
The performances truly stand out, led by Tom Cruise and several members of the supporting cast.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Valkyrie isn't Ishtar or Heaven's Gate 2.0, but it's also not the vehicle to springboard Tom Cruise back to the top.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
The film like the conceived plot to kill Hitler is commendable for its premise, but is also not well-executed.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Cruise, who already delivered a great performance this summer in "Tropic Thunder," is at the top of his game here
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Feels like a perfectly enjoyable mid-'50s war movie that's been re-made with only the finest in modern cinematic technology.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Other than an unconvincing Tom Cruise, this is interesting and well done, especially if you are among the apparent multitudes who don't know anything about this event.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Director Bryan Singer approaches this sensitive material as a strict procedural. It's almost as if we are joining part two of a miniseries already in progress.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Valkyrie's brawny and big and bold, but it's also stronger, slicker and smarter than you'd think.
James Rocchi - Redbox
It'll probably be wicked suspenseful for anybody who didn't pay attention in history class.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Decent enough action-thriller even with poor Tom's baggage.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Valkyrie" is nowhere near the outright bomb that many assumed that it would be. That said, it should be noted that the film is also nowhere near the gripping cinematic experience that it should have been given the subject matter.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Your first reaction is correct. Why in the heck would you make this movie?...There are no surprises, a happy ending is impossible and Tom Cruise has become passe.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The movie... fails by the standards of $100 million Hollywood star action vehicles, and by the standards of World War II Oscar-bait epics. But by the standards of anticipated career-crushing trainwrecks, it's pretty good.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Valkyrie's suspense isn't of the rousing, creep-to-the-edge-of-your-seat variety. The film is cold, metallic; the tension it creates is more akin to dread.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
To Singer's credit, the film is remarkably suspenseful, even though we know pretty much how it will end.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
It's ironic that a film about an attempt that had some pretty serious flaws feels like its creators made a few mistakes of their own.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Don't believe the negative hype. Valkyrie is a stupendous film, and represents two of the most exciting hours I spent in a theater this year.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Bryan Singer makes this movie possible, filled with great suspense and amazing actors. This film is on my short list as one of the year's best.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The movie is shallow and clinical. It rarely lets us inside its protagonists. We know that they despise Hitler, period, and that they consider themselves patriots. ...
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Cruise's character, Claus von Stauffenberg, is off-putting and not just because he's a German with a pronounced American accent.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Bryan Singer has managed a new, unexpected feat %u2014 he's learned to make boring movies.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Achieves the authenticity of something that the History Channel would be proud of.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Singer does a superb job at creating suspense in a story where everyone in the audience already knows the outcome.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
With a movie that had so much potential, Singer delivers high intensity and action but lacks emotional connection to the characters!
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
a riveting military drama, a popcorn thriller masquerading as a political potboile
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The film is a minor Christmas miracle: It succeeds on its own terms, despite the gossip hounds' best blood-sniffing efforts, and dares to be an entertainment rather than a statement.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
On one hand, it's kind of silly, on the other, these are very fine actors, and give this super-slick thriller some of the facets and angles that help make a cool object at which to gaze.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Thriller and action elements are low-scale and unsuccessful. Valkyrie is little more than a sketchy and narrow history lesson with less impact than it should have.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
...like Cruise's performance, an overall restraint keeps the heroic story behind "Valkyrie" from soaring as high as it should.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If you don't mind the fluctuation in focus, if the tripwire midsection can get your through the labored last act, Valkyrie will be a solid success.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Valkyrie offers something to filmgoers weary of excessive pretense, but not quite desperate enough to watch Jim Carrey flop around on the ground.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Thanks mostly to fine work by its great cast, Valkyrie is not a loss and has some riveting moments, but it's not the scintillating wartime thriller it could have been.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
It's difficult to immerse yourself in this glossily mechanical recreation of the 1944 plot by German officers to assassinate Adolph Hitler.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
That last part makes for quite a good, crackling suspense thriller, meticulously researched in all details by the perfectionist Singer.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
What's next, Clint Eastwood as Gandhi?
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Not only is Singer's filmmaking aesthetically frustrating (lacking coherent visual rhythm) but his juvenile regard of the July 20, 1944, plot to kill Hitler -- one of 15 documented attempts -- is intellectually insulting.
Armond White - New York Press
When it hooks into the filmgoer, the mix of classic thriller tones and Singer's invigorating compositional rhythms brings Valkyrie to an impressive boil.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Based on a true story, Valkyrie aims to be a thriller, not an issues movie, and it succeeds.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
A thoroughly respectable historical re-enactment, though lacking the epic scope and dramatic urgency that would make it a truly memorable one.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Valkyrie is every bit as good as you remember a Tom Cruise movie being, back when you still liked Tom Cruise.
Scott Mendelson - Film Threat
...for all the zippy editing (by longtime Singer collaborator John Ottman, who also composed the effective score), viewers will spend most of Valkyrie waiting for the other jackboot to drop.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Tom Cruise, known to some for fun scenes as in the movie 'Cocktail,' is surprisingly effective in the role of the head of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
I love how Singer plays the whole damn thing like the greatest suspense comic-book story ever told...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There's the absurdity of Cruise intoning to Adolph in his broad American accent, "My Fuhrer, if I may . . ." while the rest of the Germans are sounding as if they're auditioning for Henry Higgins in a touring company of My Fair Lady.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
A tension-packed thriller with a superb cast.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Incongruous vocal intonations aren't even the most significant problem plaguing Bryan Singer's film.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
The movie is streamlined to a fault, a sleek and purring machine interested in process, not people. So when the plan begins falling apart, audience sympathy is fatally missing.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
When Valkyrie tightens the screws like a poor man's Munich, it's decent enough.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
VALKYRIE feels like the exciting second part of a miniseries. Part one had all the character bits and drama, though.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Refreshing in its lack of pomp and circumstance, a movie that exists to be a movie and nothing bigger.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Part suspense thriller about the failed assassination of Hiter, part social protest drama, part star vehicle to reenergize Tom Cruise's troubled career, Valkyrie is engaging but not a good thriller.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The film compensates for a lack of verve and action with solid production design and crisp performances from its cast.
Brent Simon - Screen International